Sunshine and Depression: What You Need To Know

By | January 1, 2015

Man in sunshine, feeling happy and free with arms up in skyWere you aware that an absence of sunlight could cause depression? Well, a lack of of sunlight and getting out can lead you to begin to form unhealthy thoughts. Your mind and body both require vitamin D to operate properly, so if you remain cooped up all the time in your office or home then you will certainly not contribute to your body’s healing yourself from depression. What might help you is locating and finding methods to get out and have a little fun while helping cure your depression. One of the very best tactics to dealing with depression is to get out of your pattered way of living.

Half Hour of Power
Dedicate yourself and your healing to at least 30 minutes each day of the week of activity, intentional activity. You are not so busy that you can not go out for a minimum of half an hour, you can make time! Go for a walk, sit outdoors and read a book, or just relax and pay attention to music you enjoy. Dog owners, this is the ideal chance to take your pet for a walk every day. Try to blend things up and venture off out of your neighborhood a few days a week. Enjoy exactly what your neighborhood might to offer and you may start to value life once again and start to think more positive, but you must get your body moving. Depression thrives on sedentary “blah” kinds of thinking.

Plan to Feel Better: Get Out of Town
Coordinate and plan a trip out with family or friends. There is nothing much better than spending quality time with people that you enjoy. Everybody needs some sunshine, so see to it you drag any of your close friends that don’t go out a lot with you on an outdoor adventure. Take a lot of photos if you do prepare an outdoor occasion. You are going to wish to reflect on the excellent memories you created on a days that you left the old routine and did something uplifting. Recalling and taking pleasure in good times is the ideal remedy for depression. The more you smile and happier you become the less unfavorable your mind thinks.

Get out and get some exercise.
Both exercise and the sun can help individuals struggling with depression recuperate. When you exercise your body releases all built up anxiety and begins to reduce any stress and anxiety you have actually accumulated. Go for a jog every early morning or ride your bike around town for a little outdoor workout. In the summertime try to take a dip in the swimming pool and if you live near any trails you could head out for a walk or invigorating hike.

Connect with Nature – Getting Out There
The outdoors offers unlimited possibilities. There are constantly brand-new things to discover that we often ignore right in your own backyard. Your life is essential so make the most from every day. You can focus and control negative thoughts so you can find peace and happiness. People get depressed, it happens, however what you do when you are depressed really defines if you will be happy or not. Make a genuine effort to combat your depression and you will become stronger and better able to raise above the old ways of thinking.

Copyright: No part of this article in section or full may be reproduced without permission from the author Justin Stum, MS LMFT. The one and only exception is for educational purposes and only if the contact information below for the author is fully cited here in article.

About the Author: Justin Stum is a licensed counselor and therapist in private practice in St. George Utah. He practices as a relationship and emotional wellness expert, and has been treating individuals, teens, and couples for over a decade assisting them in creating and maintaining connected healthy relationships. You can reach him on his blog at or or follow him on Facebook at or by phone 435.574.9193


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